Institute founded by Bernie Sanders' wife, son is shutting down amid criticism

FILE - In this April 19, 2016, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his wife Jane take a walk in State College, Pa. The Sanders Institute, a think tank founded by Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders' wife and son, has stopped accepting donations and plans to suspend all operations by the end of May. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
photo In this March 10, 2019, photo, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., arrives to speak in Concord, N.H. South Carolina gave Sanders the cold shoulder in 2016. Four years and several visits later, Sanders hopes the state is ready to warm to him. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The Sanders Institute, a think tank founded by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' wife and son, is shutting down, at least for now, amid criticism that the nonprofit has blurred the lines between family, fundraising and campaigning.

The Vermont-based institute has stopped accepting donations and plans to suspend all operations by the end of May "so there could not even be an appearance of impropriety," Jane Sanders told The Associated Press.

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